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Pro-Gest to start up new corrugated box plant in Italy

02 Dec 2021 − A new corrugated board and packaging plant in Italy will start up in January. Pro-Gest’s new site will have a capacity of 250 million m² of corrugated board annually.» more


Baden Board eyed by potential investors

01 Dec 2021 − The group is still waiting for the opening of insolvency proceedings which is expected for next January.» more

Conai cuts environmental levy for paper packaging in Italy

30 Nov 2021 − There will be some cost relief for Italian packaging producers and users. The environmental contribution for paper packaging is set to be lowered again.» more

Pressure on softwood pulp prices continues in November

30 Nov 2021 − Amid a balanced market for softwood pulp and increasing costs for energy, transport and logistics, paper mills are continuing their efforts to push prices down.» more

Saica Pack to close Ellesmere Port packaging plant

29 Nov 2021 − Saica Pack has announced plans to shut down its packaging plant in Ellesmere Port, UK. » more

Ikea to phase out plastic packaging

26 Nov 2021 − Ikea will use no more plastic packaging for all new range of products by 2025, and will phase out plastic packaging in its running range of products by 2028.» more


Schumacher Packaging announces €700m capex

25 Nov 2021 − German Schumacher Packaging Group is planning the biggest ever capex project in the company’s history: By 2025, Schumacher will invest approximately €700m and create 500 new jobs. » more

Paper Excellence may acquire Domtar under conditions imposed by Canadian cartel office

24 Nov 2021 − Paper Excellence has agreed to sell Domtar’s Kamloops pulp mill in British Columbia following its acquisition.» more

Recovered paper prices in France take first step back

23 Nov 2021 − Paper producers in France feel that availability of the ordinary recovered paper grades has improved somewhat. Prices therefore declined in November. » more

Pulp and paper industry

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International Paper is the world’s largest pulp and paper maker.

Paper mill Mondi in Ružomberok, Slovakia

The pulp and paper industry comprises companies that use wood as raw material and produce pulp, paper, paperboard and other cellulose-based products.

Diagram showing the sections of the Fourdrinier machine

Manufacturing process[edit]

The pulp is fed to a paper machine where it is formed as a paper web and the water is removed from it by pressing and drying.

Pressing the sheet removes the water by force. Once the water is forced from the sheet, a special kind of felt, which is not to be confused with the traditional one, is used to collect the water. Whereas, when making paper by hand, a blotter sheet is used instead.

Drying involves using air or heat to remove water from the paper sheets. In the earliest days of paper making, this was done by hanging the sheets like laundry. In more modern times, various forms of heated drying mechanisms are used. On the paper machine, the most common is the steam heated can dryer.[citation needed]

History of the paper industry[edit]

The commercial planting of domesticated mulberry trees to make pulp for papermaking is attested as early as the 6th century.[1] Due to advances in printing technology, the Chinese paper industry continued to grow under the Song dynasty to meet the rising demand for printed books. Demand for paper was also stimulated by the Song government, which needed a large supply of paper for printing paper money and exchange certificates.[2]
The first mechanised paper machine was installed at Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley, Hertfordshire in 1803, followed by another in 1804.[3] The site operates currently as a museum.[4]

Environmental effects[edit]

The pulp and paper industry has been criticized by environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council for unsustainable deforestation and clearcutting of old-growth forest.[5] The industry trend is to expand globally to countries like Russia, China and Indonesia with low wages and low environmental oversight.[6] According to Greenpeace, farmers in Central America illegally rip up vast tracts of native forest for cattle and soybean production without any consequences,[7] and companies who buy timber from private land owners contribute to massive deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.[8] On the other hand, the situation is quite different where forest growth has been on the increase for a number of years. It is estimated for instance that since 1990 forests have grown in Europe by 17 million hectares,[9] which has been supported through the practice of sustainable forest management by the industry. In Sweden, for every tree that is felled, two are planted.[10]

The pulp and paper industry consumes a significant amount of water and energy and produces wastewater with a high concentration of chemical oxygen demand (COD), among other contaminants.[11] Recent studies underline coagulation as an appropriate pre-treatment of pulp and paper industrial wastewater and as a cost-effective solution for the removal of COD and the reduction of pressures on the aquatic environment.[12]

Current production volumes and sales[edit]

The industry is dominated by North American (United States and Canada), northern European (Finland, Sweden, and North-West Russia) and East Asian countries (such as East Siberian Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea). Australasia and Brazil also have significant pulp and paper enterprises. The industry also has a significant presence in a number of European countries including Germany, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. The United States had been the world’s leading producer of paper until it was overtaken by China in 2009.[13]

List of main countries by production quantity[edit]

According to data from Statista,
China produced 110 million metric tons in 2018 followed by the US with 72 million.[14]

According to statistic data by RISI, main producing countries of paper and paperboard, not including pulp, in the world are as follows:[15]

Country Production in 2011
(1,000 ton)
Production in 2010
(1,000 ton)
1  China 99,300 24.9% 1 92,599
2  United States 75,083 18.8% 2 75,849
3  Japan 26,627 6.7% 3 27,288
4  Germany 22,698 5.7% 4 23,122
5  Canada 12,112 3.0% 5 12,787
6  South Korea 11,492 2.9% 8 11,120
7  Finland 11,329 2.8% 6 11,789
8  Sweden 11,298 2.8% 7 11,410
9  Brazil 10,159 2.5% 10 9,796
10  Indonesia 10,035 2.5% 9 9,951
  World Total 398,975 100.0%   394,244

List of main company groups by production quantity[edit]

The world’s main paper and paperboard company groups are as follows. (Some figures are estimates.):[16]

Rank Company Group Country Production in 2015
(1,000 ton)
Rank by Sales
1 International Paper  United States 23315 1
2 Nine Dragon Paper Holdings  China 12630 18
3 WestRock  United States 12487 4
4 UPM  Finland 9771 5
5 Stora Enso  Finland 9188 8
6 Oji Paper Company  Japan 9115 3
7 Sappi  South Africa 7306 15
8 Smurfit Kappa  Ireland 7000 9
9 DS Smith  United Kingdom 6802 13
10 Nippon Paper  Japan 6542 11

List by net sales[edit]

In 2008, the top 10 forest, paper and packaging products companies were, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers:[17]

Rank Company Country 2008 Net Sales
2008 Net Income (Loss)
1 International Paper  United States 24,829 (1,282)
2 Kimberly-Clark  United States 19,415 1,690
3 SCA  Sweden 16,965 (SEK) 857
4 Stora Enso  Finland 16,227 (991)
5 UPM  Finland 13,920 (263)
6 Oji Paper  Japan 12,788 114
7 Nippon Unipac  Japan 11,753 55
8 Smurfit Kappa  Ireland 10,390 (73)
9 Metsä Group  Finland 9,335 (313)
10 Mondi Group  UK/ South Africa 9,466 (310)

Manufacturers and suppliers for the industry[edit]

Pulp & Paper Building, in Japan. It hosts many organizations in the pulp and paper industry.

Leading manufacturers of capital equipment with over $1 billion in annual revenue for the pulp and paper industry include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^

    Tsien, Tsuen-Hsuin (1985), Paper and Printing, Science and Civilisation in China: Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Vol. 5 Part 1, Cambridge University Press, p. 58 |volume= has extra text (help)

  2. ^ Tsien, Tsuen-Hsuin (1985), Paper and Printing, Science and Civilisation in China: Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Vol. 5 Part 1, Cambridge University Press, p. 48 |volume= has extra text (help)
  3. ^ Hills, Richard, “Papermaking in Britain 1488–1988”, Athlone Press, 1988.
  4. ^ “The Paper Trail at Frogmore Mill”. Apsley Paper Trail charity. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ “NRDC: Paper Industry Laying Waste to North American Forests”. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  6. ^ “A crumpling paper industry”. Oregon Local News. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  7. ^ “Amazon draught speeds up destruction The WE News Archives”. Archived from the original on 25 December 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  8. ^ Phillips, Tom (20 May 2011). “Brazil forms ‘crisis cabinet’ following unexpected deforestation surge”. The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  9. ^ “Forests — European Environment Agency”. Retrieved 2021-09-11.
  10. ^ “Will the EU turn the tide on forest growth and torpedo its bioeconomy agenda?”. 15 June 2017.
  11. ^ Auer, Matthew R. (2018-12-18). “Toxic releases from an industry in decline: Environmental trends in Maine’s pulp and paper sector”. Environmental Quality Management. 28 (2): 31–38. doi:10.1002/tqem.21594.
  12. ^ Boguniewicz-Zablocka, Joanna; Klosok-Bazan, Iwona; Naddeo, Vincenzo; Mozejko, Clara A. (2019-09-26). “Cost-effective removal of COD in the pre-treatment of wastewater from the paper industry”. Water Science and Technology. 81 (7): 1345–1353. doi:10.2166/wst.2019.328. ISSN 0273-1223. PMID 32616687.
  13. ^ De Sisti, Mike (12 December 2012). “China’s Paper Operation”. Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  14. ^ “Paper and cardboard production worldwide”.
  15. ^ “Japan in the World (according to the figure in Annual Review of Global Pulp and Paper Statistics by RISI)” (in Japanese). Japan Paper Association. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  16. ^ “The PPI Top 100”. RISI. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  17. ^ “Global Forest, Paper & Packaging Industry Survey: 2009 Edition – Survey of 2008 Results” (PDF). PricewaterhouseCoopers. p. 12. Retrieved 24 February 2011.

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Link: The Future of Green Offices May Be Rewritable Paper

(January 10, 2017) Scientists have hacked a standard inkjet printer to create multicolor images that can be erased and reprinted eight times on the same sheet of paper.
A team of Chinese researchers recently combined some nifty chemistry with a standard inkjet printer to create multicolor images that can be printed and erased eight times using a single sheet of rewritable paper. The findings [“Dynamic metal-ligand coordination for multicolour and water-jet rewritable paper”] were reported in the journal Nature Communications. Read More…

Link: A ‘Paperless World’ – Why It Still Hasn’t Happened

(Chicago, USA, January 04, 2018) David J Unger of The Guardian covers the Paper2017 (Chicago) networking event to find out why we are still far away from a paperless world? Here’s his often-humorous outsider’s look at the status of paper in a digital world.
To read the article Go To: American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened (Source: The Clifford Report)
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Link: China’s Double-Digit Trade Jump Pairs Global and Domestic Demand

(New York, 8 December 2017) China’s trade engine remained in high gear with a surprise export surge accompanied by further acceleration in imports that signals robust demand in the domestic economy.
Exports rose 12.3 percent in November in dollar terms, the customs administration said Friday, exceeding all economist estimates in a Bloomberg survey where the median estimate was for a 5.3 percent rise. Imports also beat projections with a 17.7 percent increase, widening the trade surplus to $40.2 billion.
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Oji Group to Install New Containerboard Machine at GS Paperboard & Packaging in Malaysia

(Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 28, 2017) Oji Holdings Corporation announced that it will install a new containerboard machine at GS Paperboard & Packaging Sdn Bhd (GSPP) located in Malaysia.
The new machine will produce liner and corrugated medium and have a production capacity of 450,000 tons per year.
In a press release the company said, “Oji Group sets ‘Expansion of Overseas Business’ as a fundamental policy of its management strategies, and its corrugated container business has continued to expand in Southeast Asia Read More…

Graphic Packaging Completes Combination with International Paper’s North America Consumer Packaging Business

(USA, Jan. 2, 2018) Graphic Packaging Holding Company has completed the combination of Graphic Packaging’s existing businesses with International Paper’s North America Consumer Packaging business. Graphic Packaging owns 79.5 percent of the combined company and will be the sole manager. International Paper will own 20.5 percent of the combined company. Graphic Packaging has assumed $660 million of International Paper debt and concurrently has amended and restated its senior secured credit agreement.
There is no change to Graphic Packaging’s current Board Read More…

SCA to Increase Prices for Brown and White Kraftliner in Europe

(Stockholm, Sweden, Jan. 3, 2018) SCA announced that it will increase the prices for all Brown and White Kraftliner grades in Europe by EUR60 per ton, effective from 1 February 2018. “The market for containerboard continues to be very strong. The demand for kraftliner of all grades is high and the supply is tight,” explained Mikael Frölander, Vice President Sales and Marketing Containerboard. SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company. To learn more, please visit: Read More…

Bain Capital Private Equity Acquires Specialty Papers Producer Fedrigoni

(USA, Jan 4, 2018) Bain Capital Private Equity on Dec. 23, 2017 announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fedrigoni, a leading global producer of specialty papers and self-adhesive labels. The Fedrigoni family will retain a minority stake in the business.
Established in 1888 and headquartered in Verona, Italy, Fedrigoni is expected to generate sales of approximately EUR1.1 billion. The company has manufacturing facilities in Italy (9), Spain (2) and Brazil (2) and a global distribution network, with Read More…

Schreiner MediPharm presents digital and analog pharma-security solutions

(Stockholm, Jan 08, 2017) The countdown is on: On February 9, 2019, EU Directive 2011/62/EU will come into effect. It aims to stop illegal trade in falsified medicines. From then onwards, pharmaceutical manufacturers have to provide secondary packaging of all medicines placed on the market with an individual serial number as well as an anti-tampering device to ensure the integrity of the medicinal packaging: a challenge that should not be underestimated and demands customized and efficient solutions.
At Pharmapack in Read More…

Emerging markets boost the industrial nonwovens market

(U.K., 28 Dec 2017) Exclusive data from the new Smithers Pira report – The Future of Industrial Nonwovens to 2022 – reveals global sales of nonwovens for industrial applications in 2017 reached $20.9 billion. This is set to grow annually by 7%, across 2017-2022 reaching a value $29.2 billion in 2022.
Industrial nonwovens tend to be relative newcomers to industrial users, being employed to replace textiles, paper, polyurethane foam, fibreglass and plastics. The current generation of industrial nonwovens is higher-performing, Read More…

Huhtamaki to Further Improve Its Competitiveness in China

(Helsinki, Finland, Dec. 28, 2017) Huhtamaki has completed the sale of the vacated manufacturing facility and related land usage rights in Guangzhou, China, as announced on April 21, 2017. Further, to conclude the consolidation of its foodservice packaging operations in South China, Huhtamaki closed down the manufacturing unit in Shandong, China, impacting about 200 jobs. The product range manufactured in Shandong will in the future be sourced externally.
In addition, to gain synergies from the recent acquisition of International Paper’s Read More…

Moody’s: Wood product growth supports 2018 stable outlook, offsetting commodity paper decline

(Toronto, December 12, 2017) The likelihood of strong profits from the wood products business, alongside higher prices and growth in paper packaging from increased e-commerce demand, will help to offset the secular declines in the printing and writing paper segment, says Moody’s Investors Service in its annual sector outlook published today. As a result, the outlook for the global paper and forest products sector will remain stable in 2018.
“The stable outlook for paper and forest products globally next year Read More…

Södra to increase the price of NBSK in Europe to USD 1070/tonne

(Sweden, Dec. 22, 2017) Södra Cell to increase NBSK pulp price to $1,070/tonne in Europe, effective Jan 1, 2018. “The global pulp market is searching for an equilibrium, but it has clearly not reached that point yet,” commented Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and Sales Södra Cell. “On the contrary the market remains exceptionally strong and this latest announcement is a reflection of the continuing market sentiment.” (Source: press release) Read More…

End of the road for newsprint maker Norske Skog; to file for bankruptcy

(Oslo, Dec. 19, 2017) The board of the parent company for Norway’s long-troubled forestry firm Norske Skog announced that they are declaring Norske Skogindustrier AS insolvent and filed for bankruptcy in an Oslo court on Tuesday Dec. 19. However, the company announced that operations at the company’s seven paper mills would continue as usual.
The board of Norske Skog has for months been trying to avoid bankruptcy and has pushed back multiple times deadlines to conclude negotiations with creditors. However, Read More…

AF&PA Urges Chinese Authorities to Keep an Open Market for Recovered Paper Imports; “China has violated their WTO obligations,” says CEO Donna Harman

(Washington DC, December 19, 2017) Advocating for free and fair recovered fiber trade policies with China, American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman announced the association’s filing of formal comments with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Chinese authorities:
“We believe China has violated their obligations under the WTO and will disrupt international trade and the global market for recovered fiber by their import limiting actions. Specifically, China has mischaracterized certain valuable raw material as ‘solid Read More…

UPM Prepares to Permanently Close Paper Machine 5 at Blandin Mill at Year-end

(Helsinki, December 20, 2017) UPM on Oct. 24 announced plans to permanently close paper machine 5 at UPM Blandin in Minnesota, (USA) in response to overcapacities in the North American paper market. The company today said that all related processes have now been completed, and paper machine 5 will be permanently closed on December 30, 2017 at the latest.
The number of employees affected is 148.
The closure will reduce UPM’s annual capacity of coated magazine paper by approximately 128,000 tons. Read More…

RMR Mechanical acquires George H. Bodman, Inc.

RMR Mechanical is excited to announce the acquisition of George H. Bodman, Inc. as of Thursday, September 23, 2021. Going forward, the consulting entity will be known as Bodman Services LLC, a subsidiary of RMR Mechanical. Bodman Services LLC is a reputed industry leader in their field with over 34 years of experience offering a full range of consulting services for chemical/vapor phase/mechanical cleaning applications. The acquisition has brought another area of expertise to current and future customers of both RMR Mechanical and Bodman Services as the enhanced business plan aligns perfectly with RMR Mechanical’s target market within the pulp & paper, utility and process industries.

Going forward, RMR Mechanical can offer boiler chemical cleaning as a stand-alone consulting service or enhanced service that can include mechanical preparation, subcontracting chemical cleaning services and other services to support the boiler cleaning operation in one contract. On projects where RMR Mechanical is onsite for mechanical work, this service mix can be combined into a single contract for the outage, simplifying the contractual management of the project for mill or plant personnel.

RMR Mechanical remains an industry leader as an industrial boiler and mechanical contractor. Industry analysts believe that this acquisition will lead to enhanced credibility for RMR Mechanical as the company will boast special expertise in boiler maintenance, repair and retrofits as well as expertise in chemical/mechanical cleaning consulting services.

Contract RMR at or call 770-205-9646.

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Valmet to supply key board machine technology to Zhejiang Forest United Paper in China

Valmet will supply key board machine technology to Zhejiang Forest United Paper in Taizhou in the province of Zhejiang in China. The key technology will be installed in a new container board machine (PM6). The start-up is scheduled for 2023.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2021. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 10 million.

“Valmet offered us state-of the-art technical solutions, and we wanted to purchase their proven key technologies to meet our targets. We are especially eager to see the new type of air dryer being used in practice,” says Lin Qiqun, Chairman of Zhejiang Forest United Paper.

A completely new type of an air dryer, OptiDry Coat double-pass, will be delivered to Zhejiang Forest United Paper.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include four OptiFlo Foudrinier headboxes, an IntelliFormer top forming unit, four OptiCoat Roll coating heads with roll application and a large quantity of OptiDry Coat air dryer units. One of the air dryers is a completely new of its kind, OptiDry Coat double-pass, which combines three dryers in one compact unit, and gives high coating and printing quality, as well as optimized energy-efficiency and runnability. The delivery will also include Valmet DNA machine control system for the coating section and spare parts and consumables packages.

6,300-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce white lined chipboard grades with a basis weight range of 180-350 g/m2. The mechanical design speed for the new parts will be 1,000 m/min and daily capacity over 1,800 tonnes.

About the customer Zhejiang Forest United Paper

Zhejiang Forest United Paper is a subsidiary of Forest Packaging Group, which was established in 1998 with a registered capital of 150 million and about 1,800 employees. Forest Packaging Group is a high-tech enterprise engaged in the research and development, production and sales of packaging paper grades, corrugated cardboard, corrugated boxes and other products. The company’s products are widely used in packaging manufacturing and industrial and consumer product packaging.

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Valmet to supply complete tissue production line to Arkhbum Tissue’s mill in Russia

Valmet will supply a complete tissue production line including stock preparation, automation system and a Focus rewinder to Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC. The new Advantage DCT 200 tissue line will be installed at the company’s mill in Vorsino industrial park, Kaluga region in Russia. The start-up is planned for the 1Q 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around Euro 20-40 million.

The new tissue production line from Valmet is part of Arkhbum Tissue Group’s development project aimed at reaching a total capacity of 210 thousand tons of high-quality tissue and towel products made from own pulp.

The new tissue machine TM2 will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. It will add 70.000 tons a year of high-quality napkin, toilet, and towel grades to Arkhbum’s current production. The raw material to be used in the tissue production will be virgin fiber from the owner’s own pulp mill. The new production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance the quality of the final product.

Project execution services like complete engineering, shipping, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.

Arkhbum Tissue Group is a subsidiary of Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill (APPM) that is part of Austrian Pulp Mill Holding Gmbh. APPM is one of the European leaders in containerboard and pulp production.

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Allnorth teams up with Sheppard Engineering

ATLANTA (News release) — Allnorth Americas LLC (Allnorth) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sheppard Engineering, LLC, (Sheppard Engineering), a full-service engineering consulting firm based out of Atlanta, Georgia. The agreement is effective October 1, 2021.

Like Allnorth, Sheppard Engineering works collaboratively to build custom engineering solutions that address clients’ specific requirements and priorities. With recurring business from its many long-standing client relationships, Sheppard Engineering brings new opportunities to Allnorth in industries it does not widely serve at present, such chemical and petro-chemical, food and beverage, as well as water and wastewater treatment.

“We are excited to join forces with a group of like-minded engineering professionals to jointly build on past successes in servicing a broad spectrum of clients across a variety of industries.”, says Darby Kreitz, CEO of Allnorth Consultants Limited. “Our Allnorth Americas office has traditionally provided services to the forest products industry, mostly within the pulp and paper sector. Given there isn’t tremendous client overlap in forest products, an industry we both serve, we expect to see additional opportunities there as well.”

According to Preston Sheppard, CEO of Sheppard Engineering, “This union provides a solid future and additional growth opportunities for the Sheppard team, many of whom have been with the company since its inception over 20 years ago. In addition to offering succession planning support, this alliance allows us to apply our considerable expertise to building client solutions in new sectors, such as mining, infrastructure and oil and gas, and within new geographic markets across North America and into Europe”. Allnorth sees tremendous value here for our mutual clients with Preston Sheppard bringing more than 30 years of industrial engineering experience and two decades of engineering and consulting services to the industrial sector.

Preston will continue to lead project and engineering efforts as well as maintain client relationships. He will collaborate with Jay Miele, VP Allnorth Americas, in the integration of the Sheppard team into Allnorth Americas while ensuring continuity of existing projects and addressing client needs. The integrated team will be based out of the Allnorth Americas Atlanta office in Alpharetta GA.

For more information, please contact Darby Kreitz, at


Allnorth is a privately held, multi-disciplinary engineering and construction services consulting company established in 1995. We bring smart and practical project solutions to clients in the infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, and pulp and paper sectors.

With a team of nearly 600 across North America, projects around the globe, and expertise that spans decades. We are passionate about serving you and are big enough to know how, and small enough to know you.

Offering a single point of contact, our specialists take a holistic approach, keeping our clients’ ultimate business goals in mind to bring clarity and insight to complex projects. Known for our collaboration and technical expertise in moving projects from concept to reality, we partner with clients to develop purpose-built plans and execute efficient and sustainable solutions. ​


Sheppard Engineering is a full-service engineering firm that for 20 years has provided personalized engineering services that enable clients to achieve the diverse technical and economic goals of their projects. Sheppard professionals are involved throughout a client’s project by providing project management, on-site engineering and support, construction management, project support, and PHA-facilitation services. Working alongside clients, the Sheppard team devises custom engineering solutions that address their unique operational, budgeting and scheduling requirements.

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Valmet to supply high-capacity winder to Norske Skog’s Golbey mill in France

Valmet will supply a high-capacity OptiWin Pro winder to Norske Skog’s Golbey mill in France. The main target of Norske Skog Golbey is to have one winder to handle the 550,000-tonne capacity of the converted high-speed and high-capacity paper machine PM 1, following the paper machine conversion from production of newsprint to production of recycled containerboard. The start-up of the winder is scheduled for 2023.The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around Euro 10-20 million.

Valmet’s delivery will include an OptiWin Pro high-capacity and high-speed pro winder with transfer rails and broke collection. To meet the high-capacity targets reliably with only one winder, the winder is equipped with all the high-tech features available; Dual Unwind system will improve capacity with an exceptionally fast parent roll change, a fast grade change system including automatic slitter positioning and automatic set change, and a core handling system with core grooving. The winder will be delivered installed.

To support the winder operators with the new winder, a support package of 6 weeks will be included in the delivery. The process optimization and support conducted during those weeks will cover items around winder runnability, uptime, winder broke and roll quality.

The winder will handle parent rolls with a width of 8,870 mm at a design speed of 3,000 m/min and a daily design capacity of 1,820 tonnes. Golbey PM 1 will produce recycled fluting and testliner grades with a design basis weight from 70 to 135 g/m2.

Norske Skog is a world leading producer of publication paper. The Norske Skog Group operates four mills in Europe, of which two will produce recycled containerboard following planned conversion projects.

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Valmet Oyj to supply coated board making and BCTMP production lines to one of its customer in Asia

Valmet will supply a coated board making line and a bleached chemi thermo mechanical pulp (BCTMP) production line with automation solutions, as well as spare parts and consumables packages to one of its customer in Asia. The board making line with high productivity will produce very high-quality folding coated board grades.

The board machine order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2021, and the BCTMP order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021. The value of the orders will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 200 million.

“We have excellent relations with the customer at all levels resulting from several successful projects together during the past decades. We were able to meet customer’s demand of a production line with high productivity and very high-quality products,” says Mika Ollikainen, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Board and Paper Mills at Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include mechanical pulping(BCTMP line), stock preparation and a high-speed coated board making line from headboxes to winders. The deliveries also include a wide range of automation solutions, comprehensive spare parts and consumables packages.

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Toscotec starts up TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer at Cartiera Ponte d’Oro in Italy

Toscotec successfully started up a TT SYD Steel Yankee Dryer at Cartiera Ponte d’Oro Ansalcarta in Villa Basilica, Italy. The new Yankee replaced an existing cast iron dryer installed on PM1 in 1993 by Officine Meccaniche Toschi, which was renamed Toscotec in 2003.

Manufactured at Toscotec’s fully integrated TT SYD Technology Center in Massa (Italy), the steel Yankee dryer included the condensate removal system, Toscotec’s patented heads insulation for maximum thermal energy efficiency, as well as expert services from detailed engineering to erection supervision and start-up assistance.

Toscotec is constantly building on its experience of steel Yankee dryers to advance the progress of TT SYD’s design and services. It currently has more than 200 TT SYD operating under the most diverse conditions around the globe, which provide valuable data for further product improvement. This year, Toscotec also introduced TT Defender®, a breakthrough patented innovation that provides Yankees with an internal protection coating against corrosive steam.

Cartiera Ponte d’Oro Ansalcarta produces rolls of white and coloured tissue paper from almost entirely recycled fibres, for both at home and AfH markets.

Toscotec designs and manufactures machines, systems and components for the production of tissue and paper & board.

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